1. DAY 1

    Obamacare Has Glitchy First Day

    Rosa Guerra, 52, right, gets a free eye exam during the Binational Health Week event held at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Some 5.3 million Californians are eligible to apply for coverage under President Barack Obama's health law, known as "Obamacare," about 1.4 million of them through expanded access to the state's health insurance program for the poor, Medi-Cal. Tuesday was the first day of the new federal health care law that will dramatically change the way Americans buy health insurance. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Damian Dovarganes/AP

    You might not have noticed it due to all the shutdown news, but the Affordable Care Act went live on Tuesday, glitches and all. Around 2.8 million people visited Healthcare.gov, the sign-up site, swamping the site with so much traffic that it caused spotty service. An additional 81,000 dialed into the help center. The problems on the website were not blamed on staff shortages, since most government employees involved in the law’s implementation weren't furloughed due to the shutdown. It was a rough day for the GOP too: after months of protesting the Affordable Care Act, many of its staunchest critics were too busy dealing with the shutdown to focus on the website glitches.

    Read it at The Washington Post